July 2019

Opportunities & Trends in Real Estate Private Equity

In a low interest rate environment and with plenty of undeployed capital, Private Equity firms continue aggressive investments in commercial real estate assets. The real estate market in which these firms invest is facing a variety of challenges and opport…

The Expanding Definition of Retail: Incorporating Alternative Uses in Retail Shopping Centers

As retail real estate continues to evolve, landlords are increasingly looking for tenants with alternative uses to fill vacant spaces in shopping centers. What once may have been a toy store, might now be outfitted as a fitness center. A storefront that on…

Tariffs, Taxes, and Trade Wars: Using Material Price Escalation Clauses to Mitigate Risk in an Uncertain Political Climate

Current economic conditions and recent changes to trade policy governing the importation of goods crucial to construction activities—aluminum, steel, fuel, etc.—have had a significant impact on the cost of these and other goods in recent years. As a re…

March 2019

How Blockchain Technology Could Transform Commercial Real Estate: Acquisitions

Have you ever wondered if there was a faster way to accomplish due diligence? Has your deal fallen apart because of disintegrating trust between buyer and seller? Blockchain technology could automate aspects of real estate acquisitions, thereby relieving s…

Connecticut Supreme Court Clarifies Distinction between Subdivision and Lot Line Revision

Recently, the Connecticut Supreme Court issued a land use decision in Cady v. Zoning Board of Appeals of the Town of Burlington. In this case, the Supreme Court restated the definition of a subdivision as distinct from a lot line adjustment. The last time …

Trends to Watch in Boston’s Commercial Real Estate Market in 2019

The commercial real estate landscape is showing signs of continuous change, particularly with some potentially major shifts in the ongoing trends we saw in 2018. The first quarter of 2019 has shown us that nothing is certain in this industry, and real esta…